DHA is an essential omega-3 fatty acid and is also known as docosahexaenoic acid and is a compound that us humans must continually consume, due to its fundamental and structural role in all neurons, the eyes, mitochondria, telomeres and sperm.
The DHA fatty acid is part of the neuron itself and and is responsible for 90% of the omega-3 fatty acids found in the brain and is 25% of the brain’s total poly-unsaturated fat content.
DHA is so fundamental in fact that the developing baby inside a mother’s womb utilizes DHA from the mother to help form the brain, the eyes, the nervous system and more.
The need for continual DHA consumption then continues on throughout the human lifespan.
It is because of DHA that we are able to even see, read and interpret the words on this page–as well as think, speak, memorize, recall and hear.
Additionally, some neuroscientists even view DHA as more important than DNA itself!
As it relates to brain health, memory, focus, clarity, neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, DHA can be viewed as one of the best nootropics (brain-enhancing nutrients) in existence. Literally.
While there are many different nutrients, products and smart drugs out there, it is important to closely examine the fundamental needs of the human brain to understand why DHA is one of the strongest and most effective brain-enhancing nutrients known.
DHA has been shown to upregulate the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) as well as another growth factor called nerve growth factor (NGF). These are growth factors that help to maintain the connections between neurons and help in the creation of new neurons. Some refer to these proteins as “miracle grow” for the brain.
DHA also has been shown to help support the production of a compound called Synaptamide. Synaptamide (N-docosahexenoyethanolamine) is an anandamide-like compound that is synthesized from DHA in the brain and it helps to promote neurite growth, synaptogenesis and neurogenesis in developing neurons.
In other words, for Synaptamide to be produced at healthy levels, DHA needs to be present.
DHA also has been shown to modulate the expression of several different genes in the brain and nervous system, and in particular, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).
The SCN is commonly known as the “brain’s pacemaker” because of its ability to help regulate hormones in conjunction with the cycles of light and darkness and helps to set and balance our circadian rhythm.
DHA is also incorporated into the rods and cones in the retina of the eye and it is the photons from the sun that hit the retina and are converted to an electrical signal that the brain can then read.
DHA is vital to this process and as discussed above, is the reason we are even able to read, listen and contemplate these words here right now.
Amounts and The Pure, Original Source of DHA
1,000-2,000 mg of the omega-3’s DHA and EPA have been shown to be the amount needed per day to raise a person’s omega-3 index percentage. This omega-3 index has been correlated with many biomarkers of health, including healthy insulin sensitivity, healthy blood pressure, healthy cholesterol ratios, cellular lifespan and more.
Most people sit at about 4% total omega-3 membrane levels, but optimal levels are at 8-12%.
Unfortunately, the average American is only reaching a little over 2,400 mg of DHA per week.
Since an average serving of salmon (3 oz) will provide about 1240 mg of DHA, this means that over a course of a week, a person would need to consume about 5.6-11.2 servings of salmon per week to reach the 1,000-2,000 mg of DHA per day. (7,000-14,000 mg of DHA per week).
With these numbers in mind, Ascent Nutrition CEO Lance Schutter created a regimen that can be utilized to help reach these levels, which is called The DHA Regimen.
In short, The DHA Regimen supports peak omega-3 levels, synaptamide production and neurogenesis at 1,000-2,000mg of algae DHA per day over a period of 3 months.
It is Ascent Nutrition’s Algae Oil DHA that supports the science behind The DHA Regimen.
Additionally, since most people aren’t consuming or don’t want to eat nearly 5-11 servings per week of salmon, supplementing with DHA is an easy and effective way to reach these levels throughout one’s week.
Since nature’s original source of DHA comes from algae, we can go direct to the source for our DHA.
Remember, it is the fish that eat the algae and incorporate the DHA fatty acids into their cellular membranes.
The pure, clean and authentic traits of products is what we at Ascent Nutrition offer and it is these same traits that are naturally present in our Algae Oil DHA.
Ascent Nutrition’s Algae Oil DHA uses a specific wild-type strain of algae that is uniquely water extracted and naturally produces a clean, pure and potently concentrated golden algae DHA oil.
It is also 3rd party tested and has shown that it not only meets, but far exceeds cleanliness and safety standards set for microbial analysis testing and the testing of heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.
We proudly show these results above, whereas these results are not shown on any other algae oil or fish oil website.
Additionally, because of our sustainable and clean growing process, we can offer this at a price that beats all other algae oil products, with respect to amounts of DHA per dollar.
Our 2 oz bottle of golden DHA oil from algae contains a graduated glass tincture dropper that provides mL amounts that is easy to read and utilize. Each 2.0 mL serving of Algae Oil DHA provides 1,000 mg of DHA and 10 mg of EPA.